Held in the first days of March before the coronavirus pandemic took hold, the 12th Annual Chef to Chef Conference in Charlotte, N.C. provided attendees with insights and contacts that proved especially valuable after they returned home.
Social distancing was not even a concept, let alone a mandated practice, when hundreds of the club industry’s top chefs and food-and-beverage managers, along with many general managers, descended on Charlotte, N.C. in the first days of March for the 12th Annual Chef to Chef Conference. And as it turned out, the Conference provided attendees with a last opportunity to renew professional acquaintances, and develop new ones, that would prove especially valuable and vital as sources of needed support and information, after everyone returned home to face the unprecedented challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
With a program that included presentations by three Certified Master Chefs, a keynote address by celebrated chef, author and TV personality Michelle Bernstein, and the added attraction of the first-ever “Inside the House” club tour that would treat attendees to inside looks (and the food and beverage specialties) of three of the city’s top clubs, the Charlotte event drew the second-highest attendance in the Conference’s 12-year history. It also featured a record number of sponsoring companies that, in addition to their displays of a full range of products and services, also held special educational sessions, provided supplies and ingredients for Conference meals and events, and offered a variety of valuable prizes that were raffled off to attendees.
Check out this video summary to see all that happened during the action-packed event.
In March 2021, Austin, Texas will play host to the 13th annual Chef to Chef Conference, from March 7-9, 2021. Visit www.cheftochefconference.com for more information.